Samuel Aftel

Research Interests:

Samuel Aftel is a first-year master's student in the English department. He received his A.B. in history at Princeton University in 2020. Aftel is interested in the articulation of sexuality, desire, loneliness, and late capitalism across various text types and genres, including: the contemporary novel, criticism, film, television, popular music, and political speech. He also seeks to comprehend how expressions of queerness in literature and media affirm both writers and readers’ commitment to structural reimagination.

Before entering graduate school, Aftel served as a teaching fellow for AmeriCorps in a Newark, New Jersey, high school. There, he taught English language arts to ninth-grade students.